Markets and subsidy assurances are starting to have a positive impact on farmers’ outlook

Britain’s farmers are generally feeling more optimistic about the future than they did in 2017, according to a survey conducted by MHA, the UK-wide group of accountancy and business advisory firms of which MHA Moore and Smalley are a member.

The survey, undertaken at Cereals 2018, is based on interviews with over 100 farmers from across the country.

Key Findings:

· Pricing continues to be an issue, but concerns relating to cashflow showed a 10% decrease
· Succession planning remains of concern to 50% of all those interviewed – reinforcing the need for action to be taken
· 46% of those interviewed knew nothing about the Government’s “Making Tax Digital” initiative
The general “feel good” factor, identified at Lamma six months previously, continues to make itself felt, with almost 60% feeling that there will be moderate or high growth in their businesses this year. This is slightly lower than the sample taken at Lamma 2018 when the same question showed that 65% were optimistic, but both show the highest level of optimism we have seen since the summer of 2014.

As has been consistent with all the MHA surveys, concerns relating to Succession Planning remain the same as in previous years. This can only indicate that inheritance problems are being stored up with little or no preventative action being taken by the current generation.

“Making Tax Digital” (MTD) continues to be unheard of for 46% of those interviewed – up from 42% in 2017 – which is particularly worrying as the commencement of MTD for VAT registered businesses commences in April 2019.

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